Tommy Turkey recruiting teams to participate in 2014 Turkey Plunge to benefit Salvation Army

LACONIA — Tommy Turkey, the official mascot of the annual Salvation Army Turkey Plunge, stopped by the Laconia headquarters of the Army recently to meet the new pastor and one of the new commanders, Captain Scott McNeil. Captain McNeil and his wife, Captain Nora McNeil, assumed the leadership of the Lakes Region Salvation Army mission earlier this summer. The McNeils replaced Captains Steven and Sally Warren who have transferred to the Concord office.

“I’ve heard great things about the annual Turkey Plunge and how generous the Lakes Region community is in supporting it” said Captain Scott McNeil. “Nora and I are looking forward to this year’s Plunge on November 22nd at Opechee Beach in Laconia and Nora, Tommy and I urge folks to be thinking of possible teams to enter into the Plunge," McNeil added.

Scott McNeil will be in the first team to Plunge representing the Salvation Army. In hopes of generating more teams for this year’s Plunge, the Turkey Plunge committee is offering Tommy Turkey to visit businesses, schools, civic clubs and other organizations to promote and explain the Turkey Plunge.

Those interested in a visit from Tommy Turkey may call the Salvation Army at 524-1834. Anyone interested in registering for this year’s Plunge or making a donation to support a Team or individual Plunger may do so by contacting Alison at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Joanne at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Annual benefit dinner auction for Gunstock Ski Club will be on October 18


GILFORD – The Gunstock Ski Club will hold its annual benefit Dinner Auction on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Gilford Youth Center in Gilford Village.

Sponsored by Bank of NH this year, the event will feature a meal provided by Fratello's Ristorante. Jim St. Jean of JSJ Auctioneers will be in charge of the live auction. Auction items, large and small, have been donated by community partners as well as ski club members. A wide array of items, such as a VIP parking spot at Gunstock Mountain Resort, Red Sox and Patriots tickets, golf foursomes, restaurant certificates, and gift baskets, is up for grabs.

Other valued sponsors include TripAdvisor, JSJ Auctioneers, Belknap Landscape Company, Cantin Chevrolet, the Lagunitas Brewing Company, Melcher & Prescott Insurance, AutoServ Tilton, Patrick's Pub and Eatery, LRGHealthcare, Meredith Village Savings Bank, NE Duplicator, Beacon Equity Partners, Advanced Orthopedic Specialists, Pike Industries, Superior Controls, Tavern 401, and the Bartel Family.

Tickets for the auction are available at the GSC website and are $60 per person or $400 for a table of eight. The event is due to get under way at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails, with and dinner following at 7 p.m. The Live Auction will begin at 8 o'clock.

All proceeds from the auction will go to the GSC Clubhouse Repair and Renovation Fund. The GSC clubhouse was built in the 1980s with donations of building materials and volunteer work done by ski club members. This facility is unique in New Hampshire, but is sorely in need of repairs to keep it safe and operational. The ski club operates at but is independent of the Gunstock Mountain Resort, and so must constantly raise money to operate its programs.

The ski club runs alpine ski racing and training programs during the ski season on weekends and school vacations for youth aged 7 to 18. Racing is sanctioned by the NH Alpine Racing Association and the US Ski Association and many races attract racers from all over NH as well as New England and the Eastern Seaboard. Established in 1918, the Gunstock Ski Club is the oldest ski club in New Hampshire. The Gunstock Ski Club is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation and all donations are tax deductible.

For more information on the auction and the building project, check out the GSC website at

Franklin VNA & Hospice grief support group starts Oct. 15

FRANKLIN — Franklin VNA & Hospice will be hosting a grief support group on six consecutive Wednesdays, from Oct. 15 through Nov. 19.

The purpose of this group is to offer grieving individuals a caring environment where they can discuss their loss and grief among people who can empathize with their emotions. The sessions will be facilitated by the Rev. Tobias Nyatsambo, Hospice chaplain, and Rebecca Herr, a Hospice volunteer.

The sessions will begin at 4 p.m. and end at 6 p.m., and will be held at the VNA office on 75 Chestnut St., Franklin.

Pre-registration is required. To register, or for more information, call Nancy at 934-3454

The goal of Franklin VNA's grief support program to help those who are experiencing grief from the loss of a loved one to understand their feelings and to work through them in a safe and supportive environment.

"One of the most important factors in healing from loss is the support of other people. Even people who are usually reticent about their emotions feel the need to share them when grieving," said Nyatsambo.

A grief support group, Nyatsambo said, "can help the bereaved share their grief and loss, which makes the burden easier to carry. People who are grieving the loss of a loved one can feel very alone and isolated. Sharing their sorrow with others who have experienced a similar loss can help. A grief support group provides a safe place for people to face their feelings and express them, knowing that the other people in the group will listen and understand because they, too, are struggling with the same emotions."


Gilmanton Iron Works book and bake sale saturday

GILMANTON — The Gilmanton Iron Works Library will hold a Book and Bake Sale on Saturday, October 11 from 9:30 to noon. The historic library, located at 10 Elm Street, will host a sale that will offer books, videos, and DVDs, as well as a wide variety of baked goods, sweets, and other treats.
"Book and bake sales are the primary fundraisers for our small library," explains Susannah Chance, president of the Gilmanton Iron Works Library Association. "This year we are hosting a fall sale after receiving multiple requests for one from our patrons."
The Gilmanton Iron Works is a seasonal library and will close for the winter after the sale on October 11. Members and the public are encouraged to visit the library to check out books for winter reading, and to return books that were checked out over the summer.
A public library serving the community since 1916, the Gilmanton Iron Works Library is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A small group of volunteers maintains the building and the library's extensive collection of books and DVDs.